10 Mar 2019 – Aloha

Fri: away for less than a month, no need to cover things but painted the bathroom floor and that should be good&dry when I get back. Hope that the old cracked duck-taped suitcase with a cover will survive this journey from SIN-PVG-HNL-ITO-HNL-PVG-SIN. (SIN-HNL-SIN-US$736/S$1,000, HNL-ITO-HNL-US$158/S$215) Had to pay S$60 extra charges due to error in name on ticket!

Sat: T3 SIN-PVG on ChinaEastern flying time nearly 5hrs arr into T1 dark&wet 0400hrs. There is even a BreadTalk here in this airport@T2. Had plenty of time to get to know this airport before catching the Metro into LongYang St (CNY6/S$1.25 app 35mins with one change).

Had a wonderful day thanks to Christopher for taking&showing me KerryParkside, a mall with some tasteful decorated shops and a hotel.

Also a good day to be indoors – did not have any clothing for the rains&cold weather. Looks like a bakery here is ready for Easter!

The world’s fastest train, Maglev running at 430kmph (267mph) took about 8mins for 30k from town to the airport, (CNY40/S$8 OW). The last time here and on this train was May2009.

Driving the train doesn’t set its course. The real job is laying the trackEd Catmull

Perfect timing to collect my backpack@the left luggage (CNY30/S$6), PVG-HNL flight (8+hrs) dep on schedule arr into HNL ahead of schedule@0800hrs and check-in bag was already waiting for me. Aloha from where a beautiful rainbow welcomed me. Tkx to David&Huang for meeting me@the airport.

Small chicken taco+Mexican coleslaw lunch in town before heading to Wilki&Patti

KaneoheWilki has green thumbs, his garden is lush&green and this is in the area&surroundings where the movie JurassicPark was filmed. The amazing yellow flowering tree is a Saraca asoca tree, also know as Sorrowless tree. It is believed Shakyamuni Buddha was born under an ashoka tree in Lumbini Garden. In Hinduism the ashoka is considered a sacred tree 

Picked up Thai-food for dinner back@David’s in Manoa. 1st time tasting these CocoPuffs from Liliha Bakery – little cream puff shells with a creamy chocolate filling and topped with buttery macadamia nut Chantilly frosting are just heavenly. The original recipe is a highly-guarded secret. Tkx to Wilki for bringing dessert. Crashed by 2300hrs after hardly any sleep on both flights.

Sun: slept thru’ 8hrs last night which was needed and welcomed. ManoaLibrary for a book sale.


Farmers’ Market and was introduced to Kukui nuts (candle-nuts) and purple Anthuriums which I have never seen and had to get a bunch for US$3/S$4.10.

A walk in the ManoaValley neighbourhood to check out these stunning trees.


Cannot get enough of these roots of this tree which is also my landmark to find the way to David’s.

In the garden, the yellow Hibiscus are soon fading; the Avocado tree+fruits are still going strong that even the birds know where to find them! Some for my daily breakfast and they are good.

Bougainvilleas&Waterlily are doing OK in this garden, but seems like end of the season for this Plumeria/Frangipani@the neighbour’s garden. Strangely enough, here in HI, so far what I have seen, these plants usually are either full of leafs without flowers or full of flowers without leafs?

Edited 26Apr: fascinating to learn that Plumeria/Frangipani is in the tomb plant family (Apocynaceae)!!!


In my SIN childhood days, it was known as 死人花=dead people flower, probably because they grow abundantly&easily, and thus the usual flower used for funeral wreaths then. Grandfather’s 1950 funeral@5Temenggong Rd

A Fish Story

9 Apr 2015 – Asian Sea-bass

Wed: Calcalifer (Bloch) is commonly called the sea-bass or giant sea perch. It has been cultured in Southeast Asia for 10+yrs. Rough est as I have been informed –  out of the 1mil eggs laid by the female fish, the hatching rate is up to 70%. The lave stage follows lasting app 3-4week.


Sea-bass fry and fingerlings should be reared in concrete or fiberglass tanks up to the size 2.5 cms or 1 inch, takes roughly up to a month. The survival rate for the nursery period would be 60 to 80%, depending on feeding, aquatic environmental conditions and the expertise of the fish farmers.


Another month and the fry are ready to be sold to other fish farmers who will then raise them for the consumption market. Not easy to take pix of a shoal of them at this stage as they are easily frightened and can swim really fast! At present in this location they are only doing the hatchery and nursery. The farming part will be included with time.


Today a fish with an infection in the eye was taken care of but sadly we lost some mature fish, app 32″ 7kg. Poor fish were  splashing away last night during a change of water – old age and under stress conditions are not good combinations. The first day for some young students here on attachment to learn about this stage of the sea-bass’s journey.


Thu: an early morning walk to the main highway, app 900steps from the hatchery.


The morning  traffic was heavy with all the commuters heading to work! The mosque had their prayers on the loud-speakers at 04.30hrs. Have been warned, thus sleeping with ear-plugs and so far have not been wakened by them but do hear the loudspeakers going 4times the rest of the day! Another life time ago, I have questioned as to why they are unable to worship discreetly and quietly and today I am still wondering why?? At the junction of the of the main highway and Jalan Keramut Telisais is the nearest convenience store from Adeela عدیلہ نام = noble in Arabic/Urdu


Delightful tree with a swing made from an old tyre and a hammock. Felt like a kid again and wanted to go on them, but of course feeling and wanting to do so may not be a good idea. Alas if this is the result of age and wisdom – I might want to be otherwise 🙂


Found this cicada lying on its back with red ants crawling around. Thought that it was dead but to discover on turning it around, was still alive. The question, do I leave nature to take its course? But it was on the concrete and not in nature. Moved it back to Mother Nature for her to decide it’s fate. Lived at the foothills of Mt Faber, Temenggong Rd/SIN in the 1950s and have heard their sounds thru’out childhood. Only today did I meet with a cicada whose sounds have been such a comfort to me.

Japanese haiku poets found something morose in the sound, an omen of the cicada’s short adult life. In the cicada’s cry, … no sign can foretell how soon it must die – Matsuö Basho

Helicobacter pylori

10 Feb 2015 – Please Do Not Ever Flare Up Again!

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20622104_1627726483912770_3114578529499571614_nMon: yeah, the 3 different antibiotics taken last month killed off those H-pylori and hopefully will not be bothered by them again! Coincidently H-pylori was identified by Australian scientists Barry Marshall/1982 who is a good friend of PP&Ian in Perth.

In 1994, the National Institutes of Health (USA) published an opinion stating most recurrent duodenal and gastric ulcers were caused by H-pylori, and recommended antibiotics be included in the treatment regimen.

Info and pix from:


Another weekend goes by and it was not good timing to video Skype with the grandchildren in USA but at least got to see Olai who was getting ready to watch Dora the Explorer. Look forward to the weekends when I get to see them on my screen.


When tests need to be done at Mt E, have to fast from mid-night until the tests are done, usually between 1000 – 1100hrs the next day. Mornings before 1100hrs are the few times I would set foot in Lucky Plaza Asian Food Mall. This place is usually crowded and on the weekends it is packed with Filipino domestic helpers! Also one of the few places one can find authentic Filipino food!


Plaza SIN deco for the CNY are in full everlasting bloom!


Have always wanted to try the Fruit Paradise****cakes and finally today bought a piece of the cake S$8 with an additional cost of .50c to go. It taste as good as it looks.

StillAliceStill Alice****Alice, happily married with 3 grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested. Julianne Moore’s performances are usually good and this is no exception.

This movie hit a raw nerve, especially the scene when she prepares how the exit when her mind was still more or less in tact. As one gets up in age, more reason to document and update a blog with pix to help with the memory…


Tue: movies seen online the past few days and like Alice, these will soon be forgotten!


2005 AT memories (now this will not be forgotten as long as dementia stays away!) staring with the month of May from GA, NC & TN. Looking forward to planning a short hiking trip on the AT in the time frame between 15May-15Jun to meet up with fellow-hikers HiHills, MoFo, Pokey, Wiggs and whoever who wish to join. MoFo & Pokey will be celebrating their 20th reunion thru’ hike while Wiggs and I , our 10th. Only short mileage days so that Trail Angel can play the part this time round!

AT revisit thru’ the 14 states


Young Blood Rejuvenates Old Tissues

24 Jan 2015 – But What If I Received Old Blood???


Thu: Happy Happy 13th Bday to Katy my first grandchild. Cannot believe that she is now a teenager. Seems like yesterday that I visited them in OK/USA Jan 2002 when and where she was born and Gator was only a puppy. Then her baptism Dec 2002 when the condo in FL/USA was packed to be rented out. HI/USA for Thanksgiving 2003 visiting cousins. Now this is old when one has a teenage grandchild 🙂

59519bc41b_190x272_f21287dd35[1]Into the Woods***the musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales such as ‘Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Cinderella’, and follows them to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. These plots are tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family, and their interaction with a Witch and her curse on them.

0f4acd00e8_190x272_e320e595e1[1]Birdman****an actor, Riggan (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero, struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

The play in the film is an adaptation of Raymond Carver’s ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Love’. Brilliant performance by both Michael Keaton and Edward Norton.

6b4267a82a_500x670_68b45c01a8[1]Fri: Mt E for blood test. Breakfast and movie The Imitation Game*****with Clem. Based on the life of British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and computer scientist Alan Turing. He was a key figure in cracking the Enigma code during World War II, which led to the Allies’ victory. The movie follows several periods of Turing’s life which include his unhappy teenage years, the triumph of his secret wartime work and his prosecution on the account of his sexual orientation.


Appreciation to Clem for dinner with Minos and his friend at SinHoiSai***Tiong Bahru. In search of coffee ribs and it was quite decent there.


Tkx to Minos for drinks at New Cape Inn/3 SengPoh Rd. This site with another building on it belonged to grandfather in the good old days. Wanted to show Minos where his father, cousins Lock, Yun & Chai used to live before migrating to Canada. Safe journeys tomorrow and nice to catch up with him who I used to baby-sit when he was born and now his is in his mid40s.

Just read a very interesting article:


If this proves to have some grounds in it, then, it also explains how it was possible for me to do the AT Thru’Hike in 2005. About 2yrs before the hike, was hospitalized for a major surgery – total hysterectomy! As far as I can remember, blood transfusion was necessary as I lost a great amount of blood after surgery.

About a month ago, was again given blood transfusion (2 packs) due to loss of blood by a serve bleeding ulcer caused by the Helicobacter pylori. So let’s see if it will be possible for another long distance hike in 2016 or maybe 2 packs of blood is not enough to rejuvenate? Seems like I got young blood the last time but what if I got old blood this time round??

Wow this is getting to sound like a vampire story, but would prefer PeterPan 🙂 🙂


Edited 7Jun 2017 –

Six And A Half Decades

16 Jan 2015 – And Feeling It

MV5BMjUzNTg0MzM3NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDg3NTY5MjE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_[1]Mon: Movie Mr Turner****This film explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels – brilliant acting and I do like some of his art.

Visited 4th aunt who is admitted into Mt E. She will be 101yrs this Oct!


Tue: service for 3 AC units S$90 per visit done 2-3times annually! Also unlimited access online after signing M1 Fibre Broadband. But a mess with the wires etc behind the sofa…

Hair cut in Parkway S$5 which is still reasonable even though it used to be S$3! Grocery shopping at NTUC Fairprice and Giant as both locations offer senior discounts on Tue.

IMG_6883Wed: nephew Clem at Gleneagles for cataract surgery. The high-tech laser enables one to be just a day patient and boy it sure is expensive even for 4-5hrs! Anyway all’s well that ends well and made sure he got home safely and had dinner with a patch on his right eye which will be removed tomorrow. Les&Ivy will also be having their cataract surgery next week by Dr Jerry Tan, CHIJ class-mate Evelyn Tan’s bro.



Thu: am so blessed with all the attention, gifts and greetings. Thank you to all for your thoughtful and kind Bday wishes.


IMG_689302 Suckao Hot Chocolate & Banana Split Waffles @ Max Brenner Chocolate Bar (Esplanade Mall) (Large)[1]

Appreciations to niece Adeline for delicious lunch at Paradise Pavilion****MarinaBay Financial and to Henry for yummy ‘Death by Chocolate’ dessert at Max Brenner Chocolate****Esplanade


From Marina Bay Financial centre, discovered that I could walk underground to Raffles Place MRT One stop away from Raffles Place is City Hall. Then underground from City Hall Link to Esplanade. Did not even go outdoors all the way! SIN is amazing!


Fri: thank you to niece Daisy for lunch in Chinatown and dessert at PS.Café***Ann Siang Hill. Keylime pie there is tart and highly recommended. Like the way how their water jugs are filled with colour fruits. Looks tastefully refreshing. Dinner with Clem at the famous Zion Rd fried kway teow.


Beautiful sunset pix at Labrador Park for TGIF. Credits to Chris

If the boy and girl walk off into the sunset hand-in-hand on the last scene, it adds 10 million to the box office – George Lucas

How Can Christmas Be So Soon?

Four-Lit-Purple-Advent-Candles[1]23 Dec 2014 – ‘Bitte Juleaften’

Sun: the last and 4th Sunday of Advent with Hope, Peace, Love & Joy all lit.

HOPE that all your Christmas shopping is done 🙂

PEACE be with us all and on Earth

LOVE sincerely

Give JOY for the Holiday Season


An easy day at the beach admiring grandniece’s sandcastle. Does not feel too much like Christmas, but then is there any child who does not like sand castles??  I know for sure that all 6 of the grandchildren do 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Kiera did a great job with hers!


Yummy beef salad for lunch at Sands****on the beach. Interesting taste when it is combined with some Thai Fish Sauce, delicious and appetising. The view is nice.



BBQ for dinner where enough food for an army was sent to the Presidential Villa. Thanks to Les & Kat who did the cooking – chicken, lamb-chops, prawns, salmon, squids, steak were top quality. When Devon saw all the food and the table laid, her sweet tiny voice said We’re going to have a party’! When there is a 2yrs old in the dinner party, being next to the bedroom is the way to go.


Mon: a good morning massage and a pedicure before checking out. Uneventful flight and landed on time safely.


Tue: checked up at Mt E and medications to revise if necessary. Looks like a drug addict with all these mediation I am swallowing and wondering how my stomach is going to handle them. In addition both hands got infected and swollen from all the intravenous drips. Let’s hope all these anti-bio in me will kill the infections. Gifts are still not fully wrapped, and online greetings not done. Do not know when I felt sooo unprepared for the holidays…


Massage is the only form of physical pleasure to which nature forgot to attach consequences – Robert Brault